The DA has painted a picture of what South Africa could look like after ten years of the party at the helm, through its Vision 2029 campaign launched on 15 June.
“It is 9 May 2029 and the 10th anniversary of the date a DA-led national government took office for the first time.”
“Corruption is at its lowest level ever, due to government’s zero tolerance policies,” said new party leader Mmusi Maimane, adding that the DA would have embarked on a crusade against wasteful expenditure.
South Africa has reportedly lost R700 billion to corruption in the 20 years of ANC rule, while the auditor-general revealed earlier this month that the bulk of South Africa’s municipalities incurred irregular expenditure of R11.5 billion in the 2013/2014 financial year.
“South Africans feel far safer than ever before, protected by a highly trained and equipped police force that is finally turning the tide against criminal syndicates.”
“The justice system works, inspiring confidence that all are equal before the law,” said Maimane.
According to the DA, by 2029 “the government’s focus on improving education and growing the economy has seen South Africa attain a growth rate of 8%.”
The country’s 2015 economic growth forecast is 2% and is “attainable and realistic” said Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, last week. However, some economists believe that the country may have already slipped into a recession.
The DA said it will create millions of jobs under its leadership, something the ANC has failed to do in recent years. South Africa’s unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2015 was at its highest level since 2003, according to Statistics SA.
Jacob Zuma appointed a new, bigger cabinet in May – 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers, creating a huge financial burden for tax payers.
Under its new campaign, the DA said that “with just 15 Cabinet Ministers, the government is lean, clean, efficient and citizen-oriented”.